can a Louisiana drivers license be renewed on line or do you have to do this in person only?

A) You may renew your Louisiana driver’s license online, by mail, or in person. However, if you are upgrading to a REAL ID, you must do your initial renewal in person as if it were a first-time application. This is a one-time requirement. You will need to provide proper identification, proof of current liability insurance, proof of Louisiana residency, and pay the renewal fee. You can also check the status of your renewal by contacting the Louisiana OMV.

Important Notes on Eligibility for online renewal:

  • Renewal notice: Your official renewal notice from the Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles (OMV) will clearly state whether you are eligible for online renewal. If it doesn’t say you can, then you must renew in person.
  • Renewal cycle: You can only renew online every other time. If you renewed in person last time, you can renew online this time (if eligible).
  • Age: Drivers under 70 years old are eligible for online renewal.
  • License status: Your current license should not be reported lost, stolen, suspended, or invalid.
  • Real ID: If you want a Real ID-compliant license, you cannot renew online. You must visit an OMV office in person.

If eligible for online renewal:

  • Visit the Louisiana OMV ExpressLane website: https://expresslane.dps.louisiana.gov/expresslane.html
  • Enter your driver’s license number and follow the on-screen instructions.
  • You will need a valid credit card to pay the renewal fee.
  • Once completed, you can print a temporary receipt. Your new license will be mailed to you within 7-10 business days.

If not eligible for online renewal:

  • Visit your local OMV office in person.
  • Bring your current driver’s license and any required documents (proof of identification, address, etc.).
  • Pay the renewal fee in person.
  • Depending on the office and volume, you may have to wait in line.

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